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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
HPD AND HCR JOIN PRAXIS HOUSING INITIATIVES ELECTED OFFICIALS AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE START OF CONSTRUCTION FOR ANEW SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRONX
(Bronx, NY) – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) today joined Praxis Housing Initiatives, Inc. CEO Svein Jorgensen and partners for the groundbreaking ceremony for 4339 White Plains Road, a new supportive housing development. Located at 4339 White Plains Road in the Bronx, construction began today on a 7-story building slated to offer 61 new units of affordable housing for New Yorkers with special needs. Also in attendance were Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson.




Monday, October 22, 2012
SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN, HPD COMMISSIONER MATHEW R. WAMBUA, COUNCIL MEMBER YDANIS RODRIGUEZ, TENANTS AND ADVOCATES DEMAND OWNER AND EQUITY FIRM PUT TENANTS FIRST AND SELL 10 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS
New York, NY – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez today joined tenants and advocates in Washington Heights to call on building owner Vantage and private-equity investment group Lone Star Fundsto sell 10 buildings in foreclosure at a sustainable price to ensure the buildings’ conditions do not deteriorate.




Thursday, October 11, 2012
HDC AND HPD JOIN PHIPPS HOUSES, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND PARTNERS TO HONOR COMMUNITY LEADER AND CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE ROSCOE C. BROWN, JR. APARTMENTS
October 11, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Executive Vice President for Real Estate & Chief of Staff Joan Tally joined project developer Adam Weinstein, President of Phipps Houses, and Ronay Menschel, Chairman of Phipps Houses to celebrate the lifelong achievements of military hero and education leader Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. by naming the newest Phipps Houses building in his honor, the Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Apartments. Located at 3952 Third Avenue in the Bronx, the 11-story building offers 278 new units of affordable housing to the residents of the Bathgate section of the Bronx. Former Mayor David Dinkins, U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano and Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Green were also in attendance.




Tuesday, October 2, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, ARTSPACE PROJECTS, INC, OPERATION FIGHTBACK AND PARTNERS CELEBRATE GROUNDBREAKING OF EL BARRIO’S ARTSPACE P.S. 109 Affordable HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN EAST HARLEM
New York, NY - Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and project developers Artspace Projects, Inc and Operation Fightback celebrated the beginning of construction for the new Artspace P.S. 109 development located at 215 East 99th Street in East Harlem. Artspace P.S. 109 will bring 90 newly constructed units of affordable rental housing to the neighborhood, and create approximately 300 construction related jobs. The development will also provide the community with a new art gallery, community space, community kitchen and garden. The Artspace P.S. 109 development will transform an underutilized former school building into a green model of urban community revitalization that integrates affordable housing and cultural resources to enrich the neighborhood.




Monday, October 1, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES BEGINNING OF 2012/2013 "HEAT SEASON" AND REMINDS LANDLORDS OF LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE HEAT AND HOT WATER TO TENANTS
The 2012/2013 “heat season” begins today, October 1, 2012 and continues through May 31, 2013. During heat season, residential building owners with tenants are required by law to maintain an indoor temperature of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit between 6:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. when the outdoor temperature falls below 55 degrees. Between 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M., building owners must maintain an indoor temperature of 55 degrees when the outside temperature falls below 40 degrees. Hot water is required to be maintained at 120 degrees year-round.




Thursday, September 27, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR PHASE ONE OF LIVONIA AVENUE INITIATIVE TO INCLUDE 270 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND BROOKLYN’S FIRST BOYS’ CLUB OF NEW YORK FACILITY
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced today that Dunn Development Corp. has been chosen through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop the first phase of the Livonia Avenue Initiative in the East New York section of Brooklyn’s Community District 5. The four City-owned development sites in Phase I, collectively named Livonia Commons, are located on Livonia Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and Williams Avenue. The Livonia Commons project will create 270 new units of low-income rental housing, approximately 11,000 square-feet of new ground-floor retail space, and 21,000 square-feet of community facility space. Additionally, a fifth parcel of City-owned land will be developed by The Boys’ Club of New York (BCNY) as their first location in Brooklyn, and will provide youth programming and facilities for the young men and women of the community. This is the first of multiple phases of the Livonia Avenue Initiative, which seeks to continue the City’s transformation of the corridor into a vibrant mixed-use area by adding new affordable housing and creating retail opportunities along Livonia Avenue.




Wednesday, September 26, 2012
NYCHA CHAIRMAN RHEA AND HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCE TEAM CHOSEN FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF RANDOLPH HOUSES IN CENTRAL HARLEM
NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced today that Trinity Financial, Inc. and West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA) have been chosen through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) as the development team for the redevelopment of Randolph Houses, located in Central Harlem. The extensive rehabilitation and preservation of 36 historic buildings will result in 314 units of housing; 147 NYCHA public housing units and 167 affordable housing units. NYCHA will be contributing up to $40 million in federal capital funding towards the construction of the public housing units under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Mixed Finance program. Mixed Finance allows public housing authorities to combine HUD capital funds with other public, private and non-profit sources to create public housing units in developments that also include private affordable housing units. This is the largest mixed-finance development to be undertaken so far as part of NYCHA and HPD’s collaboration.




Thursday, September 20, 2012
DEPUTY MAYOR STEEL AND HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCE EXTRA ORDINARY RESPONSE TO CITY’S adAPT NYC COMPETITION TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE APARTMENT MODEL FOR SMALL HOUSEHOLDS
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced that the agency had received a robust response to the City’s adAPT NYC competition, a pilot program to develop a new housing model for the City’s growing small-household population. Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement and released the Request for Proposals (RFP) on July 9th, seeking a development team to design and build a rental building composed primarily, or entirely, of micro-unit apartments anticipated to be between275 and 300 square feet. By the submission deadline of September 14th HPD had received 33 proposals, with the RFP having been downloaded more than 1,600 times inhundreds of cities domestically and abroad.




Wednesday, September 19, 2012
COMMON GROUND, HPD, DHS, HCR, CUCSAND OTHER PARTNERS CELEBRATE 161 NEW UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT THE HEGEMAN IN BROWNSVILLE
NEW YORK –Today, Common Ground was joined by Senator John Sampson, HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond, OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York President/CEO Alfred Dellibovi, and representatives from Homes and Community Renewal, the Office of Borough President Marty Markowitz, and other partners at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hegeman, a new 161-unit affordable housing development with supportive services for formerly homeless and low-income adults in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.




Monday, September 17, 2012
HPD, DCA, THE CENTER FOR NYC NEIGHBORHOODS AND PARTNERS ANNOUNCE NEARLY $350K IN LOANS MADE TO BROOKLYN HOMEOWNERS AT RISK OF FORECLOSURE
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, the Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN), the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and partners announce that more than $347,000 in loans have been made to homeowners in Brooklyn through the Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP). The program makes loans of up to $25,000 to New York City homeowners at risk of foreclosure so that they may enter into a sustainable and affordable mortgage. To apply for the program, homeowners work with a housing counselor or legal services provider, at no cost, to determine eligibility and work with their lender to negotiate a resolution. To date, more than $1.3 million in MAP loans have assisted homeowners throughout New York City.



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